Third time really IS a charm!
The Empire State Ride is more than just a bike ride. In July 2022, I will be cycling over 500 miles across New York State to end cancer. This will be my third ride, the second in-person. It's an amazing event that truly changes you. If you haven't done it, it's really hard to understand the bond you form with the friends you make.
Unfortunately, each of us knows someone whose life has been affected by cancer. Personally, I've lost some friends over the years, and my father-in-law, Jerry, in 2012. His diagnosis of stage 4 esophageal cancer rocked our entire family, especially his battle in his last year. A great man gone far too soon.
On a much happier note, I'm thrilled to update you on a few cancer survivors I've ridden in honor of, as well. Karsen (age 9) has clean scans and is just finishing up some maintenance chemo. His battle began in August of 2020. My good friend, Randy, has recently won the battle for the second time in three years.
Cancer knows no bounds...regardless of age, gender, goodness or evil, it strikes who it wants, when it wants to.
We've also been blessed to know many who have been diagnosed with various cancers only to become survivors! In the end, none of us are going to live forever. But, we should all be able to live each day to the fullest without the worry of a cancer diagnosis or the agony of the treatments.
This is my opportunity to make a real difference and impact the state of cancer research from the seat of my bike. Together, we can fuel groundbreaking discoveries and bring an end to this terrible disease.
Please consider making a donation to my efforts today. No donation is too small, and every dollar adds up to something greater than what any one of us could ever accomplish alone. Last year I raised over $6,000. This year I want to do even better! Join me in making a difference. Of the 227 of us that rode last year, we raised over $1.6m. That's incredible. Thank you for your support!
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